"We place each child at the heart of every decision."
- AUSD Guiding Principle
"We stand together to cultivate the potential of all students in a global society."
- AUSD Vision Statement
"Auburn Union School District, in collaboration with our families and community, is committed to:
Achieving academic excellence to prepare our students for careers of the future. Understanding diversity is a strength. Supporting a caring, experienced, and qualified staff. Developing the whole student in a safe and healthy environment."
- AUSD Mission Statement
Our library's mission is to provide an enticing library environment with engaging, challenging, and diverse materials that will encourage Preschool through 5th-grade readers of all abilities and backgrounds to think analytically, solve problems, work cooperatively, explore creatively, and achieve college and career readiness skills.
The library rules and expectations are the same rules and expectations for the whole school: Be safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Some library specific examples are:
Walk at all times.
Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Follow all adults' directions.
Use a quiet, whisper voice.
Use materials properly.
Treat books and materials with care.
Keep books clean and free from damage.
Return books on time.
"Own it. Fix it. Learn from it." If you make a mistake or break a rule - whether on accident or on purpose - OWN up to IT by admitting it, FIX IT to the best of your ability or ask an adult to help you, and LEARN FROM IT how to avoid making the same mistake next time.
Students may check out up to 2 books at a time and all books are due 4 weeks from the day they are checked-out. If there is a school holiday or closure that affects the due date, the new due date is the following week on the day of their scheduled class time. After the 4 weeks are up, there is a 1 week grace period (5 school days) before any consequences go into effect. If the grace period is affected by holidays or closures, it ends the following school day whether or not it is the scheduled class library day.
It is up to the student’s teacher to decide whether or not library books may be brought home. Typically, TK through 3rd grade classes keep their library books in their classrooms while 4th and 5th grade classes may bring library books home.
Books may be returned at any time during library hours to the Library Technician in person or to the office staff if the library is closed.
Books may be renewed any number of times for another 4 weeks each time IF the student brings the book to the library to renew in person by the end of the 1 week grace period AND there are no other holds on the book. If there is a hold placed on the book or it is turned in after the grace period (considered overdue), it must be returned.
Students may ask for holds on up to 4 books at a time whenever they like, as long as they do not have any overdue books.
Overdue Book Policy
After the 1 week grace period, books are considered overdue. A notice will be sent home in the student’s Wednesday folder notifying the parents or guardians. Students in classes that may bring books home are unable to check-out, renew, or ask for holds on any books (with the exception of books needed for projects or reports) until the overdue book is returned, the full price of the overdue book is paid in full, or the student has worked in the library during their morning recess (see Library Fines Policy tab). Students in classes that keep their library books in their classrooms are not responsible for paying the lost book price (unless they take the books home against their class’s rule) but still cannot check-out, renew, or ask for holds on any books until the missing ones are found and returned.
Lost Books Policy
If a book is lost, the student has until its due date to find and return it without consequence. At that point, for students that may take library books home, the student has the 1 week grace period to pay the full price of the book without consequence. After the grace period is up, a fine for the full price of the lost book will be placed on the student's record and the same policy as overdue materials goes into effect. We will NOT accept payment for lost books until the book's due date since most "lost" books are found and returned within that time period. There are no refunds for any paid fines.
For students that do not bring library books home, the teacher will work with the librarian and determine an appropriate consequence.
Damaged Books Policy
If a book that was checked out in fair condition is returned damaged beyond the repair capabilities of the Library Technician, a fine for the full price of the damaged book will be placed on the student's record (see Library Fines Policy). However, the student will be allowed to check-out, renew, and hold other books.
Damage beyond the repair capabilities of the Library Technician include pages that are missing, repair attempts with pages that are out of order, parts of the spine or covers are missing, pages with markings, or food or drink is spilled on the book.
Library Fines Policy
Students may acquire a fine for the full price of a lost book or a book that is damaged beyond repair. There are no other fines such as daily late fees or library processing fees added to lost or damaged books. There are no refunds for any paid fines. We request that students be held accountable for their own actions and pay their fines with their own allowance.
If a student cannot pay their own fine, they may instead work off their debt in the library during their morning recess at the rate equivalent of $1 per day until the full price of the book is paid off.